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Alum of the Year

The Alum of the Year award is given annually to a graduate of the University of Turku who has contributed advancement of Finnish society and the University of Turku or has demonstrated other exemplary activities for the benefit of the community. 

The Alum of the Year recognition has been awarded since 2004. The award is given to an alum of the University of Turku who has acted in a positive and exemplary manner for the benefit of the University of Turku, Finnish society, the alum’s associated community or organization. The recognition aims to promote the social interaction of the University of Turku and strengthen the university's alumni activities. 

Selection Process

Criteria

Alumni of the year is a person who has acted in a positive and exemplary manner for the benefit of the University of Turku, Finnish society, community or organization. The recognition aims to promote the social interaction of the University of Turku and strengthen the university's alumni activities.

Nominations are made through a questionnaire, in which the respondent describes brief reasons on how would like the Alumnus of the Year could be seen and could participate in the activities of the University of Turku. 

The nominations also provide valuable information on how alumni can be involved in the university's activities. 

Selection and handling of nominations

The selection process is coordinated by the Alumni Relations Team of the University of Turku. Rector Jukka Kola, Communications Director Anne Paasi, Vice-Rector Mika Hannula and Director of Community Relations, Partnerships and Strategic Engagement Leena Wahlfors make the final selection. 

Proposed nominations are discussed only between the Alumni Relations Team and the selection board and are not published. 

The Alum of the Year is announced in February at the University of Turku's annual celebration.